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NASCOE says crop insurance proposal well received

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Members of the National Association of FSA County Office Employees received a warm welcome in congressional offices this week when they presented their proposals for the FSA county offices to take over portions of the crop insurance program, association president John Lohr said in a telephone interview today.

"We were very well received," Lohr said," adding "that would be expected" since the NASCOE proposal offers members of Congress the opportunity to cut the crop insurance program by up to $2.5 billion per year.

Lohr, a Pennsylvania county office official, said that "dozens of members' offices" asked for a copy of the complete 62-page report that NASCOE commissioned from Informa Economics, a consulting firm.

Lohr also said NASCOE members emphasized the idea of leaving the sales of the policies with private crop insurance agents and adjustments for losses with private adjusters, but turning over the "servicing" of the policies to FSA. The Informa study says that if the government made this decision it would not have to pay the companies their underwriting gains.

Lohr declined to name any members of Congress who showed a particular interest in the proposal and also declined to say whether Republicans or Democrats showed more interest in it.

About 200 NASCOE members from 45 states traveled to Washington this week on a legislative fly-in.